I know I need some maintenance on my Volvo, I haven't kept it up perfectly, but I don't know how to ask for what I want without appearing as a complete mark to my mechanic.
I know very little about cars. I like my mechanic a lot and I've been seeing him for years, but business is business and I don't want to get taken advantage of.
I drive a 2004 Volvo. I acquired it several years ago, and it had very low mileage. I don't recall ever having taken it into the mechanic to get a "tune up" or for regular scheduled maintenance. They may have done a few things to it over the years when I took it in for necessary repairs but I don't know exactly what's done (premature parenthetical question---is there somewhere online where I can see exactly which repairs have been done?)
Now, my car has nearly 70,000 miles on it. It's been doing OK, except my check engine light has been on for a few months. My mechanic has told me that it's because I need a new 'mass air flow,' and I've been putting off getting this until I have some mass cash flow.
Since I have a few bucks now, and I'm taking it in to get the mass air flow fixed, I figure it's time to address some regular maintenance issues that I may have ignored, however, I don't want to just waltz in to his garage and tell him I have money to burn, that I'm willing to get a lot of stuff done, and that I have no idea what the heck I'm talking about.
I found this schedule of services
online. I'm looking at it, and it seems reasonable to ask my mechanic for the following services listed here: replace engine oil, and filter; check fuel lines for damage/leaks, check exhaust system for damage leaks, replace spark plugs, check Auxillary Drive Belt and Driveshaft joints, check Driveshaft for wear/play, check boots, check wear on Propeller shaft, pilot bearing and universal joints; Check Break fluid level and replace brake fluid, Check Break pads, Check Break hoses and lines for damage/leaks.
In addition to these repairs, I hear a scrapey sound when the car runs, and a squeeky sound as it turns. What could this be? Should I just ask him to check it out?
I also received letter from Volvo years ago telling me I needed to get my fan belt replaced. I've consulted the net, and it seems that truthfully, I shouldn't really need this until I hit like 80,000 miles. If I did decide to get this done when I bring it in, how much would this cost?
How much should I expect to pay for all of this crap I want done?
Jeez. I'm really stressing. I acquired this car through luck, and I don't have as much money as I imagine the typical Volvo owner to have. On top of that, my job requires that I look fairly snazzy, even though I don't make much. Because of my schedule, the only time I see the mechanic is when I'm all snazzed up and ready to work. I may look like I'm better off than I actually am. I think he knows this because I have some mismatched parts on my car I've gotten from used auto parts suppliers.
How can I go through all of this without getting fleeced? Do I tell him that I've been remiss in getting regular maintenance? He'll lecture me like Putty did to Seinfeld and think I'm a fool. Do I tell him that after a careful consideration of the scheduled maintence recommended by Volvo's website, I've decided to get a bunch of work done LATE?
If I get ripped off, I'll never hear the end of it from my fiance. She tells me just to take my car to the dealership (it's not under warantee or anything else, obviously), but given the prices they've quoted me for other repairs, I think they will rob me. I know they will rob me. Help.